Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Treasure Hunting: Form & Function - Raleigh, NC

While waiting for our house to be ready in Cameron, we spent some time with my family in Cary. Cary is about an hour north of Cameron, just outside of Raleigh. They have the cutest downtown area with a vintage movie theater, designer consignment shops, restaurants, and furniture stores! I'll post more on the downtown Cary area later though. This post is all about my favorite furniture store in Raleigh - Form and Function. This is a store front for their interior design company. I would die to have them redo my house, but I'm broke. Oh well - a girl can dream. There store front has a mix of gift-ables, repurposed pieces and beautiful furniture. 

This is a small cast iron tub -- how perfect would that be to ice down drinks for a summer barbecue? 



Repurposed denim -- each state was cut out of old denim. How creative!




The shop is small but packed to the brim with goodies! 

Anyone been to Form and Function before? Let us know your favorite shopping spots in Raleigh!


Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Treasure Hunting: The Cotton Exchange & Livery Antiques - Fayetteville, NC

Hello Fayetteville! While we were getting settled into our home in Cameron we took a day to do some exploring. Our first stop was downtown Fayetteville. I was so impressed with the amount of local businesses, restaurants and shops in the area. The best part? Its all within walking distance, so you can park and walk everywhere! If my husband had the patience, I would have spent the entire day walking around and window shopping.  We had several recommendations from friends in the area to check out The Cotton Exchange and The Livery Antiques -- be sure to follow them on FB for the latest info and preview pics of their newest inventory. Both owned by the same person and within walking distance of each other. 



How about that herringbone door? I want!

Both stores are stocked full of vendors with everything from beautiful antiques, shabby chic painted furniture, hand painted artwork (be sure to check out the painted pig picture below, it almost came home with me!), vintage home decor items, and more. If we could, we'd absolutely have a booth in either of these stores. The ladies working at each place were so nice -- recommending lots of other stores throughout the Fayetteville area. Here are just a few of the pieces we fell in love with. 












Beautiful stuff! You are paying for quality, which makes stomaching the higher price tags a little easier. We will definitely be checking back into this place! 

Another find while we were downtown -- The Butcher and the Baker.  They recently opened a store front on Franklin Street. If you follow us on Instagram - you might know we are all about eating clean and keeping it as local as possible. This place checks both of those boxes. They carry only products made in North Carolina - grass fed beef, antibiotic free chicken, local cheeses, honey, milk, eggs, jams and more. They are constantly running promotions and getting new items in the store so be sure to click the link above and follow them on Facebook. Make sure you tell them Against the Grain sent you to their page! 

Anyone found any good antique or junk stores in the Fayetteville area? Be sure to pass along your recommendations - we are always looking for new places!  

Happy Treasure Hunting, 

Ashley 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Road Trip & Life in NC

Since my last post - lots has changed. We packed up our home in Junction City and are now settling down in Cameron, NC - just outside of Fort Bragg. It was so bittersweet leaving KS -- our friends and customers were so good to us there. We're really going to miss them.

So what have we been doing since June? NOT working in the garage. Mr. ATG was able to take some time off so we could travel and visit family throughout the southeast. We did some serious exploring and junkin - even though we had no where to store the stuff! The joys of being temporarily homeless. We enjoyed the break but were happy to see our new home and get settled in both inside as well as in the garage!





Fortunately we are living smack dab in the middle of furniture heaven. Cameron, NC hows a bi-annual antique fair with over 300+ vendors. You can find more information on the upcoming event here: http://www.antiquesofcameron.com/events.htm. Downtown Fayetteville is packed with thrift stores, antique stores, repurposed furniture stores and architectural salvage stores. Yes please! We are also about an hour from Raleigh, NC which hosts one of the largest Flea Markets in the southeast. We did some serious exploring this summer and I can't wait to share our finds with you!





More to come!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

May Update

Is it June already? Where did May go? In just a few short weeks we will be packing up house and moving back to the east coast. We are sad to leave Kansas but very excited for what the future holds for our family and Against the Grain. For those of you who have asked - yes, we are taking the business with us and relocating it in Fayetteville, NC. And yes, we are looking into shipping! We have started shipping our smaller bottle openers and vinyl signs but are still doing some research into shipping our furniture! So, stay tuned!

May has been a crazy whirlwind. We have been trying to cram as many custom orders and revamps into our schedule as possible. We are also slowly making our way through the hoard of furniture I've stashed in the basement - its honestly never ending! Here's a peak at a few of our projects from this month:












We have a lot of really fun things in the works - including opening our Etsy shop! So be sure to stay tuned for all the fun things to come! 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Revamps Galore!

We have been overwhelmed with customer revamps as well a few of our own revamps! I LOVE seeing the transformation that these pieces make especially when its a piece someone would have otherwise thrown away - the ultimate trash to treasure! So much can be done to bring a piece of furniture back to life so I beg you, please please PLEASE call me before you trash it. Heres a peak at a few of the revamps we did this past month:






















For those of you who are local, we can revamp your existing furniture or a piece you've found but that might not fit your style. We revamp everything from dressers, beds, bookshelves to benches and dining room tables. To get a quote - send us an email to againstthegraindesigns@yahoo.com with a photo of the piece you want revamped.